I've been asked a few times by job recruiters, so what have you been doing?
And my gut answer is, "Well, I've been looking for a job, desperately."
I'd estimate that I spend 5-6 hours a day checking job boards, writing cover letters, emailing contacts, networking, and devising strategies. It's not physically exhausting work, but it's draining. VERY draining. Between the rejection letters, the post-interview waiting, and then the fear that you are just sending out an application that won't even get seen is exhausting.
I told myself around November that I'd put most of my energy into finding a job. I figured the more grunt work I put in then, the less I'd have to worry about once I graduated.
It really didn't work out that way. Three and a half months later I am kind of doing the same thing. Some days I feel productive, other days I am just zonked. I'm putting stuff on hold because I feel like my energy should be devoted to "job searching."
I see and read about people with bigger soapboxes then me saying that people without jobs are lazy! They are worthless! Bahhh! That frustrates the hell out of me. (I should note that I have a part-time job that I am grateful for.)
I guess I should have a passion in addition to pouring my soul into cover letters. And this. Ugh.
I hate complaining. I hate the "woe is me" writing. (So why don't you stop writing about it? DERP.)
Well, I need a place to vent and this is it. So there.